*ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Kelly Bowen hasn't let me down yet. I can usually rely on her to deliver a good story with a healthy dose of romance, and Duke of My Heart delivers that in spades.
And sorry for the comparison, but Ivory Moore was totally chanelling Olivia Pope, and I have no regrets because I love her attitude!
One of the things I love in Duke of My Heart is that Ivory Moore was no simpering virginal miss. She was tough and no nonsense but also very sensual and passionate. She was a good regency version of Olivia Pope. Max Harcourt was just the man for her, although I couldn't quite figure out if he was more Fitz or Jake. I love that he was tough but also showed his vulnerable side. They were honest and clear about what they wanted, and that is something I hope to see more often in regency romance novels.
The Duke of My Heart was easy to read. It felt a little weirdy, and my eyes glazed over some descriptions, because I was just too curious what really happened to Max's sister (who is the reason why Ivory and Max met). Although romance was the focal theme of the novel, the mystery not-a-crime crime (because they weren't sure if it was a crime) proved to be as delicious as well, and its fruition was something I wanted almost as much as I wanted Ivory and Max to end up together.
I love that the romance and mystery element were developed with equal care. Too often, regency romance authors tend to build up the mystery, only to have it fall flat in the end, but that was not the case with the Duke of My Heart. Another series to look forward to!
There is also an intriguing character, named Alex, and for a moment I thought he would suit Ivory best, so I'm hoping he gets his own story too. :)
I'd recommend Duke of My Heart to those who love a good regency romance with a mystery, and of course, fans of Kelly Bowen.